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Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can't get divorce
AP ^ | 20 April 2010 | JAMIE STENGLE

Posted on 04/20/2010 4:14:42 AM PDT by Palter

After the joy of a wedding and the adoption of a baby came arguments that couldn't be resolved, leading Angelique Naylor to file for divorce. That left her fighting both the woman she married in Massachusetts and the state of Texas, which says a union granted in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can't be dissolved with a divorce in a state where it's not.

A judge in Austin granted the divorce, but Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is appealing the decision. He also is appealing a divorce granted to a gay couple in Dallas, saying protecting the "traditional definition of marriage" means doing the same for divorce.

A state appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments in the Dallas case on Wednesday.

The Dallas men, who declined to be interviewed for this story and are known only as J.B. and H.B. in court filings, had an amicable separation, with no disputes on separation of property and no children involved, said attorney Peter Schulte, who represents J.B. The couple, who married in 2006 in Massachusetts and separated two years later, simply want an official divorce, Schulte said.

The drawn-out process has been frustrating for Naylor, who says she didn't file for divorce as an equal rights statement — she just wants to get on with her life.

"We didn't ask for a marriage; we simply asked for the courtesy of divorce," said Naylor, 39, of Austin, who married Sabina Daly in Massachusetts in 2004.

That year, Massachusetts became the first state to let same-sex couples tie the knot. Now, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia also allow them.

Gay and lesbian couples who turn to the courts when they break up are getting mixed results across the nation.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: activistcourts; divorce; gaymarriage; gaystapotactics; homosexual; homosexualagenda; judicialactivism; judicialtyranny; keepaustinweird; lavendermafia; marriage; marriagelaws; napl; romney; romneymarriage; samesexdivorce; samesexmarriage; taxdollarsatwork; texas; tortreform

1 posted on 04/20/2010 4:14:43 AM PDT by Palter
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To: Palter

Untying the Gordian Knot!!!!!! LOL!!


2 posted on 04/20/2010 4:21:36 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: Palter

Seriously, who didn’t see this coming?


3 posted on 04/20/2010 4:24:03 AM PDT by Anti-Utopian ("Come, let's away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds I' th' cage." -King Lear [V,iii,6-8])
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To: Palter

Combine homosexual activism with the culture of no-fault divorce, and whattya get???


4 posted on 04/20/2010 4:31:31 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am Ellie Light. I hate slow drivers.)
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To: Anti-Utopian

Right on, it’s always those darn unintended consequences that bit the Libs in the A$$. Amen.


5 posted on 04/20/2010 4:47:59 AM PDT by gakrak
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To: Palter
The drawn-out process has been frustrating for Naylor, who says she didn't file for divorce as an equal rights statement — she just wants to get on with her life.

But the marriage was an equal rights statement. And that's the point. It wasn't a marriage, it was a way to rub your lifestyle into the face of your parents, your ex-boyfriend, your high school history teacher, or even just society as a whole. Whoever made you feel bad about yourself before.

And now, you just want to get on with your life with no consequences of your action. How about that.

6 posted on 04/20/2010 5:02:51 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: sodpoodle

This is ssssssssssoooooooooooooo cool. Like putting two cats into a bag and throwing the bag in aa river. I just hope the state of Texas looks out for the kid in all this. Anything happens to the kid is not an unintended consequence I would like.


7 posted on 04/20/2010 5:17:56 AM PDT by dools007
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To: Palter

Judges making law again. sigh


8 posted on 04/20/2010 5:22:05 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (To sin by silence when we should protest, makes cowards of men -Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
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To: Palter

How can a state grant a divorce to people who are not considered married in that state.

They went to Massachusetts to get married, let them go to Massachusetts for the divorce.


9 posted on 04/20/2010 5:24:41 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Palter

Married people who are gay can get a divorce just the same as any other married people. A gay man can (and occasionally does) marry a woman, and they can divorce when they so choose. A gay woman can marry a man, and they can also divorce. Gays and straights have exactly the same rights, to marry a consenting unmarried adult of the opposite sex and to later divorce that person if they so choose. I cannot marry Heidi Montag, both because she is not consenting and because I am already married. My wife cannot marry Heidi Montag, for the above reasons and because they are both women. Those prohibitions are not what we mean by the connotation that “discrimination” has taken on, and neither is the prohibition on same sex marriage. It’s simply the definition of marriage, a definition that has lasted thousands of years.


10 posted on 04/20/2010 5:30:52 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Palter
"We didn't ask for a marriage; we simply asked for the courtesy of divorce,"

How do you expect the state to dissolve something it doesn't even acknowledge, you ignorant liberal twit!

The thing that really gets my grits is the federal black-robes will wind up forcing the oxymoron of 'gay marriage' down own throats by their continued MIS-application of constitutional provisions.

11 posted on 04/20/2010 5:45:39 AM PDT by MamaTexan (NO ONE owes allegiance to an unconstitutional government)
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To: Morgana

Can’t these wretched creatures slither back to mASSachussetts and get their unholy union “dissolved” there?


13 posted on 04/20/2010 5:52:38 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Palter
When this mess started I said............"The divorce lawyers will make a fortune"
14 posted on 04/20/2010 5:53:11 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for If the Conservatives had.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Palter; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
[Pseudo-]Marry in haste, repent at leisure.


16 posted on 04/20/2010 6:27:40 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: Palter
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

I always wondered what happened to that guy:


17 posted on 04/20/2010 6:29:43 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Where’s that Karma graphic thingy when you need it?


18 posted on 04/20/2010 6:42:52 AM PDT by TheOldLady ("A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime." -- Mark Twain)
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To: TheOldLady
This one?
19 posted on 04/20/2010 6:45:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
[whines] Can't you tell when I'm too lazy busy to post it myself?


20 posted on 04/20/2010 6:47:37 AM PDT by TheOldLady ("A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime." -- Mark Twain)
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To: Palter

Why would a state grant a divorce to people it won’t marry in the first place?


21 posted on 04/20/2010 6:51:35 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: gakrak
Can't anyone just get a divorce before they get married? It's only fair to divorce
anybody regardless of being married at all. It's only fair.

I want to divorce Madonna, then I want half.

22 posted on 04/20/2010 6:52:40 AM PDT by MaxMax (Conservatism isn't a party)
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To: humblegunner

Ping for your expertise.

Thinks they should pack it in or stick it out?


23 posted on 04/20/2010 7:15:33 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Pollster1
Heidi Montag was unavailable for comment.





(Took a bunch of looking to find a picture SFW!)

24 posted on 04/20/2010 7:24:16 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Eaker

25 posted on 04/20/2010 7:25:01 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

When did Texas approve homosexual marriage?


26 posted on 04/20/2010 7:25:25 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Palter

A contract made between two people to be “life-time partners”.. is what it is...:)


27 posted on 04/20/2010 7:29:11 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: newfreep

They got married in Massachussets.


28 posted on 04/20/2010 7:41:54 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Palter

The state does not recognize the marriage therefore there is no divorce to grant. Go. Leave. Hire a lawyer to divide your joint business. Business partners do this too.

Quit mucking with the courts to push through activist change to established law on MY DIME.


29 posted on 04/20/2010 7:47:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: MamaTexan
"We didn't ask for a marriage; we simply asked for the courtesy of divorce"

BS, you HAD to ask for a marriage SOMEPLACE before you can ask for the divorce. Retrace your steps.

30 posted on 04/20/2010 7:49:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: Shimmer1

In Austin no less, the liberal capital of the state.


31 posted on 04/20/2010 7:51:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: Lazamataz

I really believe you!


32 posted on 04/20/2010 7:52:06 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Eaker

She looked better before all of the plastic surgery. Now she just looks fake.


33 posted on 04/20/2010 1:26:24 PM PDT by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: Morgana

and the RATS, take another one in the..............................HA ha!!!

34 posted on 04/20/2010 2:41:40 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Combine homosexual activism with the culture of no-fault divorce, and whattya get???

Folks fail to understand at their own peril. These "divorces" are every bit rank homosexual activism as their faux "marriages" are. Don't think that their living in Texas is just a coincidence and that this series of events is in any way incidental or unplanned. The two sodomites in Dallas were well-backed by the most powerful homosexual activist groups and homo-legal entities before they were "married" in Massachusetts to do just that - in order to wedge their foot in the door, by any means, to force some kind of recognition of their perversion in a solidly conservative state.

Homosexuals couldn't care less about marriage other than its usefulness as a political tool.

35 posted on 04/20/2010 7:39:46 PM PDT by fwdude (It is not the liberals who will destroy this country, but the "moderates.")
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To: Palter

Has anyone considered that this might have been planned? Not that I’m giving them this much credit, but MAYBE...

Think about it... If the “Health Care Bill” didn’t pass, Congress had a plan to pass an amendment to the bill, thereby passing the “Health Care Bill” by default.

Get married elsewhere, come to Texas for a divorce. If it passes, that means the state of Texas is giving tacit approval for gay marriage.

Thankfully it didn’t happen.


36 posted on 04/21/2010 7:26:55 AM PDT by HushTX (If you aren't pissed off, you aren't paying attention.)
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